High Court directs govt to ensure security of Agnes, Amita

SHILLONG, Nov 15: The Meghalaya High Court on Thursday has asked the state police to ensure that appropriate measures be taken to ensure security to Agnes Kharshiing and her colleague Amita Sangma.

Earlier, the Assistant Solicitor General, submitted before the High Court that since both Agnes and Amita are admitted in North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) therefore there is no scope for any person to cause any harm to them.

“That may be true but keeping in view the magnitude of the attack and injuries suffered extra caution is required,” Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir said.

On Thursday, Amita and Agnes while filing a petition before the High Court, through their counsel prayed for investigation by specialised agency like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

According to the petitioners, threat apprehension looms large as thay have the appprehension of being eliminated by the persons who had attacked them thereby parying for direction to provide adequate security.

Meanwhile,the petitioners also stated that even though a case has been registered but it is projected that the investigation of the case is not being carried out into its real spirit giving apprehension to them about hoodwinking of the case.

The Meghalaya High Court has directed the investigating officer of the case to file the latest status of investigation so far carried out and shall also remain present in the court on the next hearing along with case diary.

Moreover, the Meghalaya High Court has also directed the state government to bear the cost of treatment of the duo.

“Since it is stated by the learned counsel for the petitioners, that the petitioners are not in a position to bear the cost of medication and other facilities, therefore, the cost of medical treatment etc, shall be borne by the state of Meghalaya,” Justice Mir said in his order.

The High Court also directed NEIGRIHMS as well as the state government to ensure all medical facilities as shall be required are made available to both the injured social activists who while espousing social cause were attacked by some coal mafia.

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